Delicious-to-Blekko search conversion hack
October 31st, 2010 · 7 Comments
I’ve learned about Blekko’s new “slashtag” based custom search engine in Danny Sullivan’s Search Engine Land Blog and it made me want to try an experiment: over the past 5 years I have used delicious to tag 6000 articles, applying 14000 tags to them, why not creating a custom search engine based on these tags?
Got to Delicious, Export your bookmarks, then apply a unix one liner:
lynx -dump delicious-20101031.htm | egrep -o "http://[^/]*/" > cloud.txt
Which gave me a list of the 156 sites I have bookmarked on the topic cloud.
Then I created a profile in Blekko, and a slashtag, uploading the list of sites.
Took me 10 minutes to create this, it was so fun that it even enticed me to start blogging again:-)
Now I wish that Blekko would implement the delicious integration themselves to avoid the need for file download, unix manipulation and file upload: that’s what APIs are for. On the other hand, this could be implemented as a Chrome Extension.